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The Dark Night of the Soul


Published February 16, 2007


After the soul has grown in love for God and gotten rid of attachments to things (as described in The Ascent of Mount Carmel in more extended form), it still can't get all the way to union with God, unless God does it Himself. That's what The Dark Night of the Soul is all about.

The Ascent of Mount Carmel

St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) was a Carmelite monk. He was a friend of St. Teresa of Avila, although they seldom met face to face; and like her, he was dedicated to bringing back the more rigorous old Carmelite rule for those who wished to follow it. His difficulties were even greater than hers, however, as at one point he was actually captured and imprisoned by some of his Carmelite brothers who didn't like his ideas.

Also like her, he was a mystic and writer. His poems are classics of Spanish literature.


Date 2007-02-16


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Reviewer: Maureen S. O'Brien - - December 14, 2007
Subject: Yes, The Ascent of Mt Carmel is still on archive.org.
There've been a lot of technical difficulties lately with stuff being mysteriously unavailable and then available again. I think archive.org is doing server maintenance or something. Right now, Ascent is back up.
Reviewer: thrtyrs - - December 9, 2007
Subject: Ascent?
Is the Ascent of Mount Carmel no longer available for download?
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